Grilled...

... the differences in cultures is often quite striking... and nothing brought that closer to home today than when The Wife decided she would make grilled cheese sandwiches...

... after cleaning myself up, getting some water into me, and letting my heart rate drop back to normal levels, I was given a treat that I don't often get...

... simple, elegant, and just plain good... she prepared one Scottish family's version of a grilled cheese sandwich...

... now it is hardly recognizable as a "sandwich" since it only has one slice of bread... but I'm not one to quibble over details.. besides, the little thing just oozes goodness...

... she turns the oven on 350 and places a piece of sandwich bread on the tray... once one side is toasted, she removes the tray, turns the bread over, and drizzles the soft side with plenty of Worcester sauce... then, copious amounts of extra sharp cheddar cheese is layered across the sauce-laden bread... the whole thing gets popped back in the oven until the cheese bubbles and begins to brown...

... you simply take it out of the oven and let it cool for a bit... and then eat it like a piece of the most tasty toast you've ever slobbered on....

... back when my Momma cooked a grilled cheese it involved butter, two slices of Kraft singles, a frying pan, and two pieces of sandwich bread... and that baby got fried... and when it got tossed out of the frying pan - all limp with melted butter - it looked like a sandwich.. sure, it wasn't grilled, but saying "anyone want a pan-fried cheese sandwich" just doesn't roll off the tongue properly...

... I'm not going to say which one is best... hey, I'm all about diversity in the grilled cheese arena... but one thing is for sure....

... it is damn-near impossible to screw up a grilled cheese sandwich.... no matter what you do, it's still gonna be tasty... and if it is hot and cheesy... well, that's good enough for me....

... but now that I think of it, it does beg the question... why they are called "grilled" cheese sandwiches to begin with?.. I mean, does anyone actually grill their grilled cheese sandwiches?... weird...

Update: ... after further consideration, it kinda makes sense to call them grilled cheese sandwiches if it is referring to the "grill" in a diner...

by Eric on June 22, 2006 | Bullshit (9) | TrackBack (0) | Psycho Rants
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Your bride just made cheese toast.

Bullshitted by Catfish on June 22, 2006 02:48 PM

Sounds yummy...

Bullshitted by Lisa W. on June 22, 2006 03:14 PM

... damn... cheese toast... how'd I not catch that...

Bullshitted by Eric on June 22, 2006 03:32 PM

I was gonna say, I cook the tasty little buggers all day long on a flat grill at work. I suppose if you did it up right, you could manage to REALLY grill them. Maybe I will try it this weekend.

Bullshitted by Richard on June 22, 2006 04:35 PM

Sounds way nummy to me... :)

Bullshitted by Richmond on June 22, 2006 05:41 PM

Eric --

There's no cuisine police to control what you really like for comfort food. Grilled cheeze is one of those things from childhood that resonates at the lovemama level. It's like those lima bean and ham things in the old
C rats. You gotta have a piece of claymore to burn under the can or it just ain't the same. With grilled cheeze you gotta have two of them on a plate from the school cafeteria, and maybe a glass of red kool aide. Now that's comfort food!

Bob

Bullshitted by Bob Baird on June 22, 2006 06:34 PM

Damn... that sounds good, man. I'll have to give that a shot some time.

Bullshitted by That 1 Guy on June 22, 2006 08:48 PM

Eric,
I cook my grilled cheese on a George Foreman grill, so it truly is a "grilled" cheese sandwich.

Bullshitted by Jerry on June 22, 2006 10:59 PM

Boss in the restaurant I worked summers in from age 13 up used to make us bacon and grilled (real grill) cheese sandwiches when we worked the lunch shift -- would be considered treasonable by the PC Health Police today, but boy, were they yummy!

Bullshitted by Marianne on June 24, 2006 03:10 PM